Cummins on Tuesday completed the acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies, a company founded in 2015 by Rush Enterprises that develops compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling solutions for Class 6-8 trucks.
The two companies signed a purchase agreement last year.
The now-joint venture between Rush Enterprises and Cummins will seek to enhance production of near-zero emissions natural gas powertrains by manufacturing Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America. When powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), using methane collected from organic waste as the primary fuel source, the engines can be credited with a neutral to negative carbon index, resulting in net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at or below zero.
“Our range of natural gas powertrains, including our 15-liter engine, are important to advancing our path to zero emissions solutions strategy that reduces the greenhouse gas and air quality impacts of its products in a way that is best for our customers and all stakeholders,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of Cummins' engine business. “In order to truly achieve a zero-emission economy, we have to help customers transition seamlessly, which requires multiple solutions including natural gas, along with advanced diesel, electrified solutions, hydrogen fuel cell and other technologies. This collaboration shows Cummins’ continued commitment to natural gas powertrains and this partnership will expand and improve the service and support for CNG and RNG customers."
In teaming up with Cummins, Rush Enterprises Chief Executive Officer and President Rusty Rush said Momentum Fuel Technologies would be able to serve CNG and RNG customers throughout the country through Cummins' and Rush Truck Centers' national network. Aftermarket support will be available through Rush Truck Centers dealerships and Cummins distributors which will be able to service both the engine and the fuel delivery system.